Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek – 15 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Dhaulagiri BC– 4740m, Fernch Pass– 5360m, Thapa Pass– 5200m, Tukche peak– 6920m.
  • Thapa peak 6020m, Annapurna(1) 8091m, Mt.Nilgiri 7061m, Mt.Tilicho– 7014m.

Trip Overview

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, leads to the foot of the world’s seventh tallest mountain touching the adventurous Annapurna region. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is an adventurous and challenging trek that takes you through some stunning glaciers and high snow clad passes to the Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Standing just above the Kali Gandaki Valley, the Daulagiri range faces the gigantic Annapurna Massif. From proudly standing snow-capped giants to lush green forest, the remarkable Dhaulagiri  Circuit  trek has everything to offer.


The strenuous Dhaulagiri circuit trek offers a view to the lush rhododendron and pine forest with wild animals like Red panda, Leopards, and Himalayan Thar along the way. The trail leads to the settlement of the Magar, Gurung and Thakali settlements with their distinct age old cultures. The very challenging and interesting Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek crosses various high passes along the way such as the French Pass, Dhumpus Pass, and Thapa Pass. From the Italian Base Camp, the trail leads to Glacier Camp and finally Dhaulagiri Base Camp.


Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, starts with a scenic drive to Darbang from where you initiate your actual trekking journey. You pass the warm and vibrant villages of Muri, and Chariban to the Italian and Dhaulagiri Base camp. On the route, you pass the high mountain passes like French pass and Dhampus pass from where you descend down to the Yak Kharka then Marpha and join the Annapurna Circuit route. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is the most impressive trekking trail but due to its remoteness and certain principles to be a capable trekker, it has few travelers who actually choose for this trek. So, if you find yourself capable then feel free and well come with high altitude sherpa.




Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.

Team Composition in Trek

There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu to Pokhara 850 m Lodge
Day 2 pokhara to Darbang vai beni 950 m Tented
Day 3  Babia Chaur to Dharapani 1400 m Tented
Day 4 Dharapani to Muri 1850 m Tented
Day 5 Muri to Boghara 2080 m Tented
Day 6 Boghara to Dobang 2520 m Tented
Day 7 Dobang to Salla ghari 3110 m Tented
Day 8 Salla ghari to Italian Base Camp 3660 m Tented
Day 9 Acclimatization Day 3660 m Tented
Day 10 Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp 4900 m Tented
Day 11 Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French Pass 5300 m Tented
Day 12 French Phedi to Thapa Pass (5250m) to Kalopani 5000 m Tented
Day 13 Kalopani to Marpha 2667 m Lodge
Day 14 Marhpa to Jomsom 2743 m Lodge
Day 15 Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu 1400 m Lodge

Detail Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu:  (1300m)

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Dhaulagiri base camp  trek each day program. O/n at hotel.



Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Darbang (1150m): 6-7 hours.

We fly or drive to Pokhara catching our early morning beautiful flight from Kathmandu. After a 45-minute flight to Pokhara, we drive to Darbang via Beni on jeep relishing the view of lush hills and snow-capped mountains. Following the flow of Kali Gandaki River, we pass the town of Beni and then follow Myagdi Khola to arrive in Darbang. Sleep in tent.


Day 3: Trek from Darbang to Sibang (1780m): 6-7 hours.

Today, we head towards Sibang ascending to the ridge-top village of Dharapani from where we can get a beautiful view of the Dhaulagiri massif, Gurja Himal (7193m), and Putha Hiunchuli (7246m). We continue our trek walking along the ridge on the path above the river to reach Sibang. sleep in tent.


Day 4: Trek from Sibang to Naura 1570m/4-5 hours or Bagar (2080m): 7-8 hours

Leaving behind Sibang, we descend to Gatti Khola then climb up to the village of Muri where Myagdi and Dhara rivers meet. We continue to trek crossing the bridge over Dhola Khola and descend through the terraced farm fields and sparse settlements before arriving in Naura village. Sleep in tent.


Day 5: Trek from Naura OR Bagar to Dobhan (2520m): 5-7 hours.

Moving alongside the bank of Myagdi Khola through a grassy hill and a steep slope, we arrive in Bagar. We then follow the up and down trail to Dobhan. We continue to descend through a forest to Jyardan before climbing uphill to Lipshe. The route then enters the forested area before ascending up to Dobhan. sleep in tent.


Day 6: Trek from Dobhan to Italian Base Camp (3660m): 7-8 hours

Leaving the last village of Dobhan, we trek towards Italian Base Camp. Today we pass through the forested trail filled with oaks, bamboo, and pines trees. As we move further and gain altitude, We can get the best view of Tukuche Peak  and Dhaulagiri Range, and other mountains from Italian Base Camp. Sleep in tent.


Day 7: Acclimatization Day  to Adjust your body with height.

We take this day for acclimatization. We can explore the base camp area or spend the day relishing the spectacular view of surrounding mountains.sleep in tent.


Day 8: Trek from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri base camp (4750m): 9-10 hours.

Leaving behind Italian Base Camp, we trek through the rocky area on a steep slope before crossing the glacial moraines. We then reach a wide grassy area in a shallow ablation valley known as “Japanese camp. Walking on the glacier, sometimes on the lateral moraine and undulating surface of the glacie on way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Upon reaching, we can see the stunning view of all the peaks of Dhaulagiri range along with an amazing ice fall descending from the Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak ridgeline. sleep in tent.


Day 9: Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to Hidden Valley (5140m): 6-7 hours. walking via French Pass 5360m.

We continue to trek on the north side of Chhondarban Glacier, and gradually climb the steep hillside above the glacier. Following the turning trail across moraines, we make our way up to French Pass which gives view of surrounding mountain ranges. We then gently descend through snow slopes to finally reach the Hidden Valley. Sleep in tent.

Reserve Day for bad weather:

We keep the extra day in case the weather condition becomes bad. We can also use this day to explore the outskirts of Hidden Valley.


Day 10: Trek from Hidden Valley to Yak Kharka (4200m): 5-6 hours walking via Thapa Pass 5244m,

We head towards Yak Kharka crossing over Dhampus Pass (5244m). Relishing the beautiful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the background, we descend steeply to Yak Kharka through avalanche prone slopes. Sleep In tent.


Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Jomsom (2720m): 4-5 hours walking via Marpha

We continue to descend steeply from Yak Kharka towards Marpha which is also known as the apple garden. We move towards the windy town of Jomsom. O/n at hotel.


Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

We fly back to Pokhara, early in the morning, enjoying an aerial view of the mountains. Later in the afternoon, we explore the beautiful Pokhara city boating in the Phewa Lake and visiting the famous places of Pokhara. O/n at hotel.


Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We catch tourist bus or flight early morning back to the capital. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. O/n at hotel.


Day 14: sightseeing : We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites.Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/n at hotel.


Day 15: Final departure: 

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.

Equipment List

The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing.Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.


(A). Head:

1. Sun hat or scarf

2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3. Sun glasses with UV protection


(B). Upper Body:

4.T-shirts ( According to length of your trip, normally 2 and above)

5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops

6. Fleece jacket or pullover

7Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

8. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

9. Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary


(C). Hands:

10. Lightweight gloves

11. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer


(D). Lower Body:

12. Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

13. Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

14. Lightweight cotton long pants

15. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

16. Fleece or wool pants

17. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants


(E). Feet:

18. Thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

19. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

20. Hiking boots with spare laces

21. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp


(F). Accessories:

22. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]

23. Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries

24. Basic First Aid Kit

25. Water bottles (2)

26. Small wash towel

27. Sun block cream

28. Leap guard


What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.


How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 57 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.


How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length


Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.


Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.


Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. high altitude sherpa guide will be displaying high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.


What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.


Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.


How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.


What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.


Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.


Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..


Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.


Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  •  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of dhaulagiri trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permits
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.


First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream-1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape -1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.

Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.





8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg -10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges -20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine -10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic -10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg -10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal-Dhaulagiri
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Spring - Autumn
  •   Meals: Yes
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu
  •   Transportation: Flight-Tourist bus.

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